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Office 365: The Top Success Factors for SMB's

Posted on Mon, Nov 17, 2014

Microsoft positions Office 365—its cloud-based office productivity and collaboration solution—as the same Office that most businesses already know and have used for many years, but only better, because of the flexibility of the cloud.

With most plans of Office 365 users get full-blown, fully up to date versions of Office that they can use offline on their devices, and they also gain cloud benefits such as always on, mobile friendly access to files and applications. Most business plans of Office 365 also include cloud-based functions such as video conferencing and SharePoint Online. Let’s take a quick look at the features and characteristics of Office 365, followed by some of the key success factors that small to medium sized businesses (SMBs) should keep in mind.

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3 Essentials for a Disaster Recovery Plan

Posted on Thu, Nov 6, 2014

Disasters come in all sizes. Whether it’s a server crash, human error, a natural disaster, or an act of terror – how well your company weathers a disaster depends on how prepared you are. And that preparedness begins with a disaster recovery plan (DRP).

Surprisingly, many companies aren’t thinking ahead. Citing the results of its survey in its 2014 annual report, the Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council notes that “more than 60% of those who took the survey do not have a fully documented DR plan.”

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Which Cloud is Right for Your Business?

Posted on Fri, Oct 31, 2014

One of the growing challenges for today’s businesses is determining where to host technology assets.

For many organizations, moving to the cloud is a pragmatic approach to balancing workloads, resources, and budgets. Cloud computing provides convenient, scalable, on-demand access to applications, servers, storage, and other resources – often with no upfront investments and no ongoing management.

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When Is the “Right” Time to Move from Your On-Premise IT Infrastructure to the Cloud?

Posted on Thu, Oct 30, 2014

In his book, The Big Switch, technology author Nicholas Carr correlates today’s digital revolution to electricity, likening cloud services to a computing power plant that companies can tap into to access computing solutions.

It’s a neat analogy, and worldwide, organizations of all sizes are “plugging into” the promise of cloud-based services. Today, according to the Spiceworks 2014 State of IT report, 61% of IT pros have adopted cloud solutions – with another 8% expected to adopt within the next six months. Expenditures for hosted services, the report notes, accounted for 14% of IT budgets in 2014 (behind hardware and software expenditures).

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3 IT Budgeting Mistakes You Should Stop Making

Posted on Fri, Oct 24, 2014

As 2014 comes to a close, IT organizations are reviewing the year for successes and areas for improvement; assessing staffing and assets; evaluating shifting work trends and user demands – all with an eye toward the new year.

Certainly, every company has different IT requirements. But when it’s time to plan your IT budget, there is some consistency in what NOT to do.

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Are You Ready for Windows Server 2003 End of Services

Posted on Wed, Oct 22, 2014

Are You Still Running Microsoft 2003?

Yes?  If you are, then 3/4ths of you already know that Microsoft will end support for Windows 2003 servers in July of 2015.  Microsoft will no longer issue security patches and if you choose to still run Exchange 2003 you face the threat of your company running into some serious security risks and unplanned downtime that could sink unprepared small businesses. Exchange 2003 is just out of date, it was implemented before both mobile and cloud computing really took off, and it is now time to upgrade.

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How Disaster Recovery Can Save Your Business

Posted on Thu, Oct 16, 2014

How Disaster Recovery Can Save Your Business

Some people think the chances of their business facing a disaster, whether it be from mother nature, cybercrimes, or electrical outages, are pretty slim. The truth is, the chances of your business actually recuperating from these without a recovery plan are even smaller. The survival rate for companies without a disaster recovery plan is less than 10%. Even if your company is able to survive the disaster, it is estimated that for every minute that your data center is down, it is costing you $5,600. Here is some information on Disaster Recovery, and how it can someday save your business.

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How to Minimize Downtime

Posted on Mon, Oct 13, 2014


When trying to run your business to the best of its ability, minimizing the downtime is one of the largest challenges. With each hour of downtime costing some businesses an average of $42,000, you can see why companies need to avoid it as much as possible. Here are some instances where a Managed Service Provider provides you with the best resources to decrease your downtime, and some interesting tips that will help minimize your chances of downtime in the first place.

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The History of Cloud Computing

Posted on Wed, Oct 8, 2014

There are many differing opinions on where the term and idea of cloud computing came from. Some people point to J.C.R. Licklider and his idea of an “Intergalactic Computer Network” that would connect the world globally as an electronic commons open to all. Others think it could have been Apple engineers Andy Hertfeld and Bill Atkinson in 1990 with their company General Magic, who built the Software Platform TeleScript. Whoever takes the credit, cloud computing has become an integral part of technology today when it comes to data storage, communication and security. Let’s take a look back and check out some of the biggest milestones in cloud computing’s history.

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Cloud Computing Trends to Look Out for in 2015

Posted on Fri, Oct 3, 2014

Cloud computing is rising faster than ever. With its ability to reduce technology costs, its optimization capabilities, and the security it provides, it’s no wonder why it seems that every business is moving their software and data to the cloud. IBM predicts that by 2015, there will be 1 trillion cloud-ready devices and most Internet users will work primarily through cyberspace-based applications on remote servers accessed through networked devices. Knowing this, here is a look at some trends to look out for in the coming year.

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